Spring Sweets … Bird Nest Chocolate Treats

Spring has officially arrived as of March 20th! Are you excited as we are about the changing season? Goodbye winter! Hello sunshine and brighter days!

My daughter is thrilled. She’s four and gets real amped up about the changing seasons. It’s pretty darn cute as she marks off all the traditions of the each┬áseason as we cycle through the year. Hot on her list these days are “popcorn” trees, spring flowers, and all the new baby animals being born at the local farm we visit. Twin goats just this last week ­čÖé

In honor of spring and new life, we turned our recent no-bake dessert concoction into a sweet little bird nest! Here is how you can add a little spring to your menu this week too!

bird nest

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • Jelly beans

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan, melt butter. Mix in sugar, cocoa, and milk. Bring to a boil over low heat. Remove your saucepan from the heat and stir in vanilla, peanut butter and finally, oatmeal.

With a cookie scoop (this is my fave!) plop your oatmeal dough onto a chilled cookie sheet or parchment paper. With a spoon, press the center of your cookie to create a little nest and with the help of your little one add in your jelly bean “eggs.”

These are no-bake cookies so allow them to cool and firm up before eating! Happy spring!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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Can I use chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder?

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